Editorial

Observing family dynamic, protecting city assets

Monday, July 17, 2017
Kaeden Strosnider and his dad, Travis, work to prepare his sheep for the show ring. The father-son duo work together annually to ensure the animals are looking their best before stepping into the show ring. Families working together to prepare for judging are a common theme throughout the fair.
By Sabrina Stockrahm

It has been a busy week of news here in Greene County, starting with this year’s Greene County 4-H Fair.

Hundreds of area youth from all over the county come together in the show ring to show off a full year’s worth of work, with mornings starting around 5 a.m. and time spent caring for each animal to prepare them for the showmanship portion of the 4-H’ers career.

These youth learn special skills they can take with them the rest of their lives, such as time management, important techniques that can benefit them outside the barn and also provide the youth with life lessons. Our staff gets the pleasure of seeing these kids and their parents work diligently throughout the week to prepare for the show rings, sweating while they clean up after the messes left behind by their livestock and working closely with the animals to ensure they are in tip-top shape before being judged.

The family dynamic associated with 4-H is almost one of the greatest aspects of the program. Outside the show rings, almost everywhere you look there are parents and their children working together to perfect an animal’s appearance. Even when the heat index topped 100 degrees, parents and their children were sweating over meticulous work to ensure the 4-H’er is completely ready, knowledgeable and prepared for the best and worst.

Last week, a father-son duo was photographed working together to make sure there were no spare sheep fleece hanging on to the animal by vacuuming up the excess. Kaeden Strosnider and his dad, Travis, work to prepare his sheep for the show ring. The father-son duo work together annually to ensure the animals are looking their best before stepping into the show ring.

Among the highest points of the annual 4-H Fair is the Round Robin contest. The dynamics of the show put the 4-H’ers to the test. The top showman of six species take to the show ring to demonstrate their skills with six different species, even if they have never shown them before. It’s fascinating to watch these young individuals push through the obstacles, including difficult animals they have never worked with before.

Hayden Feltner was one such example. He is small in stature, and a difficult beef market cattle kept trying to push his boundaries. A few times you could see the judge reacting to the situation, ready to step in at any moment should the cattle push too far. But, Feltner -- representing the sheep species -- handled the difficult animal with grace, his face barely showing any frustration, as if this were just an everyday occurrence.

But, along with a week of good and positive news, there is always some negative. In recent months, the Linton’s Humphreys Park Board has been working hard to install new bathrooms right next to the children’s playground. Unfortunately, less than a week after they opened, someone felt the need to vandalize the new structure.

Most people probably grew up hearing some wise words from their parents, including “If it’s not yours, don’t touch it!” Public places are often dedicated to allowing people of all walks of life to use, but unfortunately people take advantage of that use.

It was a smart move on behalf of the park board to make restrooms available next to the kiddie playground, a much shorter trip for a child who has to potty at the drop of a hat. A shorter distance to walk to the bathroom means less stress for parents, especially those who are potty trained.

It’s hard to understand what would make someone want to vandalize a structure put together by volunteers hoping to make a family’s trip to our local park a better experience.

If anyone has information about the vandalism, contact the Linton Police Department at 812-847-4411. Greene County Crime Stoppers has announced a reward is available for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.